(born April 19, 1937) served as the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs during the first Clinton
term, from 1993 to 1997. In May 1997, United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
presented him the Department of State's highest award, the Distinguished Service Award for extraordinary service in advancing American interests through creative and effective diplomacy.
Tarnoff was President of the Council on Foreign Relations
from 1986 to 1993. Before taking up that position, he served as Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Northern California
and President of the International Advisory Corporation. While on sabbatical from the Department of State
in 1982-1983, Tarnoff was a lecturer at Stanford University
and Georgetown University
During his career as a Foreign Service Officer, Tarnoff served as Executive Secretary of the Department of State and Special Assistant to Secretaries of State Edmund Muskie
and Cyrus Vance
(1977- 1981); Director, Office of Research and Analysis for Western Europe (1975-76); Special Assistant to Ambassador-at-Large Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
(1967); and Nigerian Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (1966-67). His Foreign Service assignments abroad included Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Luxembourg (1973-75); one year's study... Read More